Gyeongju: A Museum Without Walls

  • Port

    Busan (Pusan), South Korea

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 7¼ hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Gyeongju is known as the museum without walls, as it was once the capital of the Shilla Kingdom and blossomed into a major cultural center after the Shilla Dynasty unified the Korean peninsula in AD 676. Today, Gyeongju is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and your tour of the city will reveal spectacular architectural points of interests, as well as extraordinary museums and ornate temples. In Tumuli Park there are numerous burial mounds, as well as 23 of the more than 200 royal tombs found in Gyeongju. The Cheonmachong (Heavenly Horse Tomb) was excavated in 1974 and yielded more than 10,000 treasures. At the National Museum, much of the Shilla heritage is on display, including artifacts such as magnificent gold crowns, and ancient pottery, Buddhist treasures and stone sculptures. A special attraction is the legendary Emille Bell—one of Asia’s largest and most resonant bronze bells, weighing 23 tons. A Korean buffet lunch is served at a nearby hotel. After lunch, you will visit Bulguksa Temple, a Shilla masterpiece of wood and stonework that has been cherished, restored, rebuilt and renovated many times since its original creation in AD 535.

Notes:

Tour includes a meal—lunch on daytime tours, or dinner on evening tours. Minimum age is 8 years. Tour does not operate on Mondays.